GMO trials being destroyed in Germany
Anti-GMO groups have destroyed field trials of genetically modified crops in Germany on six occasions this year, reports the USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service. Most recently, a research project with 274 apple trees has been destroyed at the federal research institute for horticulture, the Julius Kuehn Institute near Dresden. The Minister of Agriculture of the state of Sachsen, Frank Kupfer, has reportedly condemned the “action of hostility against progress” as criminal and called for the perpetrators to be held accountable for the loss of around $1 million. The USDA cites statistics from the German Plant Breeders Association, the BDP, which reports 26 such cases in 2008.